SOBAKA is the thrilling story of a lonely Russian immigrant trying to find the "American dream" in present day Los Angeles. To provide care for his dying sister he works as an assistant to a mysterious and dangerous man, but his desire to achieve something more takes him down a dark and risky path. When a seductive call girl enters his life his world is thrown upside down and the choices he makes may have deadly consequences.
Very poorly made- disjoined, violent but doesn't make very little sense...
June 4, 2012 Subject:
I stopped watching this film about half-way through. It is not at all like classic noir films. I know there are people in the world like this because I read about them in my daily newspaper. That's enough. I've watched almost all the dramas in this collection, and certainly all the films noir; this is the ONLY film this bad in the collection. It starts out way too slow for about a third, then when it starts to get interesting and psychological, it gets graphic instead, and the film is ruined. I stayed in for 3 bad scenes, but by the 4th it had to go.
January 17, 2012 Subject:
Very nice! Cool interesting vibe throughout. All these close angles help create a claustrophobic sense of impending doom. Good work!!!
January 15, 2012 Subject:
Sobaka modern amateur film noir-ish tale
Story of immigrant to America who dreams of becoming successful and rich. But poor choices he makes lead to tragic consequences.
Set in LA, camera shows palm trees against empty sky but no shots of the city. Also, camera mostly shows close up shots of characters' faces. The film suffers from the camera work somewhat. It was monotonous with so many close up shots of characters. Pulling the camera back sometimes would have broken up the monotony. The dialogue could have been much better. So I gave it one star. Apparently a very low budget film.
Despite all that I enjoyed the film. The plot has an immature young man supporting a dying sister, infatuated with a call girl, who robs his drug dealing boss and then pays the price for that mistake. Crime does not pay, a film noir tale in a more modern setting.
This was probably the first effort for most of the people in the film. Still, the acting is sufficient to tell the tale. If you like amateur films, and film noir plots, you may like this one.